Despite the new cover, The Bears' Picnic was written by Stan & Jan Berenstain in 1966, making it one of the earliest books. Inside, the illustrations are the dated ones which I think of as pointy. Although Mama Bear is similarly plump, Papa and Brother Bear are slightly leaner. In this story, Papa has an idea--the family should go on a picnic for lunch! So off the small family goes, with Papa in the lead, to find the perfect spot to picnic. As often happens, none of Papa's ideas seem to pan out. Each spot looks perfect at first, then the hidden downfalls make themselves known. Finally, once Papa finds a spot without bugs or trash or a million other picnickers, it rains. Thus, it turns out that the perfect picnic spot didn't require them to leave home at all.
Despite my preference for the cuter Bear family of later years, that does not detract from my enjoyment of the book in the least. The rhyme scheme is consistently excellent and furthers the story along. Excellent book!
Source: Library Book